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Theory of Algebraic Invariants

Theory of Algebraic Invariants


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  • Date Published: February 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521449038

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  • In the summer semester of 1897 David Hilbert (1862–1943) gave an introductory course in Invariant Theory at the University of Gottingen. This book is an English translation of the handwritten notes taken from this course by Hilbert's student Sophus Marxen. The year 1897 was the perfect time for Hilbert to present an introduction to invariant theory as his research in the subject had been completed. His famous finiteness theorem had been proved and published in two papers that changed the course of invariant theory dramatically and that laid the foundation for modern commutative algebra. Thus these lectures take into account both the old approach of his predecessors and his newer ideas. This bridge from nineteenth- to twentieth-century mathematics makes these lecture notes a special and fascinating account of invariant theory. Hilbert's course was given at a level accessible to graduate students in mathematics, requiring only a familiarity with linear algebra and the basics of ring and group theory.

    • David Hilbert is one of the most famous mathematicians that ever lived - every mathematician will recognize his name
    • These notes have never before been published in any language
    • The book throws light on the development of invariant theory
    • Introduction by Bernd Sturmfels
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    • Date Published: February 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521449038
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.288kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Elements of Invariant Theory:
    1. The forms
    2. The linear transformation
    3. The concept of an invariant
    4. Properties of invariants and covariants
    5. The operation symbols D and D
    6. The smallest system of conditions for the determination of the invariants and covariants
    7. The number of invariants of degree g
    8. The invariants and covariants of degree two and three
    9. Simultaneous invariants and covariants
    10. Covariants of covariants
    11. The invariants and covariants as functions of the roots
    12. The invariants and covariants as functions of the one-sided derivatives
    13. The symbolic representation of invariants and covariants
    Part II. The Theory of Invariant Fields:
    14. Proof of the finitenesss of the full invariant system via representation by root differences
    15. A generalizable proof for the finiteness of the full invariant system
    16. The system of invariants I
    I1, I2, …, Ik
    17. The vanishing of the invariants
    18. The ternary nullform
    19. The finiteness of the number of irreducible syzygies and of the syzygy chain
    20. The inflection point problem for plane curves of order three
    21. The generalization of invariant theory
    22. Observations about new types of coordinates.

  • Author

    David Hilbert


    Reinhard C. Laubenbacher

    Introduction by

    Bernd Sturmfels

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